Missing Swimmer's Body Found in Choctawhatchee Bay Identified

A missing swimmer whose body was located this morning in Choctawhatchee Bay has been identified as William James Ector of 100 Shell Avenue in Fort Walton Beach.

Search and rescue crews discovered Ector’s body around 10:30 this morning in approximately twelve feet of water, about twenty yards offshore of the Marler Park area where he’d last been seen swimming yesterday evening.

Ector was at Marler Park with two men and a woman who say they noticed he was missing but that his belongings were still on the beach.

The District One Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.
The body of a Fort Walton Beach man who went missing while swimming yesterday in Choctawhatchee Bay was located by search crews this morning offshore of Marler Park.

The 44-year old man had been swimming with friends at the park around 5 p.m. Tuesday August 12th. They told investigators they later noticed the man was not around, but his belongings were still onshore.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Coast Guard, and others searched the surrounding area Tuesday evening but were unable to find the missing individual. They renewed their efforts Wednesday morning and located the missing swimmer’s body around 10:30 a.m. in twelve feet of water, approximately twenty yards offshore.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death.

The man’s identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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